Additional Information and Resources for Chapter 19
The Home Fires: Montana and World War II from the Montana Historical
Society (digital version only). This trunk explores aspects of everyday life in Montana
during the 1941 to 1945 war years, including little-known government
projects such as the Fort Missoula Alien Detention Center and Civilian
Public Service Camps.
Websites and Online Lesson Plans
World War II propaganda has received much attention, including a
National Archives exhibit, "On
the Homefront: America during World War I and World War II" also
features posters and fliers, with suggested teaching ideas that can be
easily related to Montana.
The National World War II Memorial in cooperation with the History
Channel created an
extensive teacher's guide to the national history of World War II.
Information on the Smith Mine Disaster
Copies of a newsletter sent to men and women in the armed forces World
War II from the Miles City area are now available online through the
Project. Simply select "Browse" and then "Miles City WWII Peggy
The Billings Gazette has created a gallery of five front-page news
stories it covering the
1943 Smith Mine disaster.
Videos or DVDs
Homefront: United or Divided - 27 minutes.
Against The Darkness: A Tribute to the Montana Coal Miner - 30
Bella Vista, An Unseen View of WWII - 30 minutes. (A
VHS tape of this film can also be borrowed from the Montana
Chapter 12, "Montana's
Response to Global Conflict," (17 minutes) of Montana Mosaic:
20th Century People and Events focuses on Jeannette Rankin's story.
(Check your library. OPI donated a
copy of this DVD to every public school in Montana. The DVD is also
available as streaming video.)
The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It - 60 minutes.
County Historical Society, Red Lodge
The World War II Alien Detention Center Barracks Tour at the
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Missoula
Children on scrap heap in Butte, photo by Russell
Lee, 1942, courtesy Library of Congress LC-USW3-009702-D
Poster, Montana Historical Society Museum 90.11.21
Marine Corps Women, 1943, NARA, Washington, D.C.